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COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the United States. The 2019-20 Influenza season (Oct ’19 –Apr ’20. 7 months) has taken the lives of 176 North Carolinians. In just over one month COVID has overtaken the flu death number and has accounted for 213 deaths in NC. COVID-19 outbreaks are now reported in five meat processing plants in NC at Mountaire (Chatham County), followed by Smithfield Foods (Bladen), Butterball (Duplin), Pilgrim’s Pride and Mountaire (Robeson).
By now you may have heard media discussions to ease COVID-19 “Stay at Home” restrictions. The challenge is: how do we do this while still protecting our community from a surge of cases that would overwhelm our healthcare system? Hopefully, this is not an insurmountable problem. We understand from State guidance we will need to consider three important issues: Testing, Tracing and Trends. What do they mean for Haywood County?